I Feel the Spirit!

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Spirit – Sonja Quintero – Squint Photography

I’m feeling patriotic today so there’s no more perfect time to wish my fellow readers from the States a Happy July 4th!!

And to those from Canada, Happy Canada Day!

I hope you enjoy time with family and friends. I hope you stuff yourselves with good BBQ and refreshing libations. And if you’re in a part of the country where you can shoot your own fireworks….please be careful!

If you’re like most of us and going to see a fireworks display, don’t forget to take your camera along. The bright blazing trails of fireworks are so fun to capture. And while low-light photography can be tricky, with a little bit of planning, the results can be well worth it.

Here are some quick tips to ensure you capture those sparkling moments:

1. Use a tripod – you’ll need it to keep the camera steady during the long exposure times

2. Use a low ISO – 100 or 200 should do to record as much detail as possible and reduce noise.

3. Use a slow shutter speed –  use a bulb seeing if you have it, this will help record the beautiful trails of light

4. Use a mid size aperture – f8 to f 16 to get sharp images

5. Remote cable release – because even the slightest touch for the shutter button can cause camera shake

6. Pre focus – use auto focus on the first few bursts, once it’s set switch to manual to lock that focus.

7. Research the best vantage point and make sure you get there early to claim your spot!

But, above all, have fun and experiment. You never know what you’ll come up with!

Happy 4h of July!!

Sonja Quintero

Squint Photography

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